Enhancing Agriculture in Southern Maryland

This page contains resources for area farmers who are producing meat or wish to start producing meat. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Sewell, SMM Livestock and Marketing Manager, (240) 528-8850 Ex. 314 or email csewell@smadc.com.

SMADC Farm Grants and Financing Opportunities

As part of its ongoing mission to support farming in Southern Maryland, SMADC makes grants and financing assistance available to individual farmers, groups and ag-related entities to fund projects, acquisitions, research and development and more.

SMADC Farmer Mini-Grant Program

Assists farmers with small start-up projects and with diversifying their farming enterprise. Awards up to $2,000 to individual farmers (with a one-to-one match by the farmer).

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Southern Maryland Agricultural Equity Incentive Matching Fund

Offered in conjunction with MARBIDCO, this program is designed to incentivize loan requests from farmers and to help them meet certain down-payment (equity) requirements, in order to help improve the credit quality of their applications.

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Southern Maryland Revolving Loan Fund

For agricultural and shellfish aquaculture producers, this loan program is designed exclusively for Southern Maryland applicants to assist with purchases and upgrades. Loans available from $10,000 – $20,000.

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Small Acreage Next Generation Program

Available to help qualified young or beginning farmers who have trouble entering the agricultural profession, because of relatively high farmland costs and lack of access to adequate financial capital, to purchase smaller farmland properties that are between 10 to 49 acres.

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Marketing Resources

Printable Consumer Buying Guides

Download and print these tri-fold brochures and distribute to your customers to help them understand how and why to purchase local meat.

Additional Consumer Resources:

How to Market Specialty Meats for Ethnic Holidays

SMM has compiled some tips and resources for marketing meat for ethnic holidays. Discover what consumers are looking for when purchasing meat for ethnic holidays (preferred species, cuts, and raising practices) and at what times of the year these meats are in demand.

Download the Guide

Smart Marketing: Tips for Marketing in the Local Meats Market

by Matthew LeRoux/Cornell Cooperative Extension

This resource contains helpful marketing hints for producers who are thinking about direct marketing their meats including guidance on pricing for profit and how to build and keep your customer base.

Download the Guide

Commercial Meat Freezer Trailers

a Southern Maryland Meats freezer trailer

Used to transport locally raised (USDA slaughtered, vacuum packed and frozen) meat cuts directly from the slaughter facility to the farm for sale to consumers, restaurants and stores. Available to any livestock producer in the five counties of Southern Maryland. Managing entities for the freezer trailers are Calvert County Farm Bureau, the Home Grown Farm Market LLC and Prince George’s County Farm Bureau. For complete specifications, towing guidelines and rental details visit the Farm Equipment Rentals page at smadc.com. To find out more and how you can use the trailers, please contact the following:

Calvert County: JR Cosgrove, (443) 532-5763
St. Mary's and Charles County: Willie Goddard, (301) 475-5190
Prince George's and Anne Arundel: Jennifer Cross, (240) 508-2326

USDA Processing Facilities, Mid-Atlantic Region

SMM has compiled a list of UDSA processing facilities within 150 miles of Hughesville, MD, available to regional livestock producers. Listings include contact information, travel distances, species processed, dry aging ability, specialty product processing and other information important when looking for a processor.

Due to COVID-related and other administrative challenges some meat processing facilities may have closed temporarily or permanently. As a result, the demand for regionally accessible meat processing is unprecedented and wait times to schedule your livestock maybe upwards of 8 months to well over a year. Please call or check websites for details and operational status.

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USDA meat processing centers

Have you heard about the Southern Maryland Regional Agricultural Center?

In 2019, St. Mary's County was awarded a $1 million grant from the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission to develop a regional agriculture center. The RAC complex will be located in St. Mary's County in the town of Charlotte Hall, close to an existing transfer station site. The facility will be a public/private partnership providing a set of complementary services with the capability of adding value and profitability to products from Southern Maryland farmers.

The Southern Maryland RAC is a dynamic and multi-faceted model for regional economic development and is the vehicle to allow an unprecedented expansion of markets accessible to Southern Maryland producers. It is a production facility, an instructional facility, and an incubator, built to serve the farming community and their customers.

The RAC will aggregate meats and produce for volume and institutional sales, instruct budding entrepreneurs on regulatory issues, empower meat industry apprenticeships, and even teach children and adults how to cook. The RAC will take Southern Maryland agriculture to the next level by opening new markets and strengthening existing ones; it will be an agricultural and economic engine for Southern Maryland.

Resources for Compliance

It is the expectation of the Southern Maryland Meats program that producers are in compliance with local, county, and state regulations such at Nutrient Management, Zoning, etc. Click individual links below for specific resources.

  • Nutrient Management Plan Fact Sheet
    Published by the University of Maryland Extension, this two page resource walks farmers through the basics of a nutrient management plan and how to obtain one.
  • Poultry & Rabbit Processing Guidelines
    Producers that participate and receive certification in Maryland’s voluntary Poultry and Rabbit program will be considered an approved source by DHMH and can sell both parts and whole poultry and rabbits certified by this program anywhere intrastate (consumers, restaurants, retailers, farmer’s markets).
  • Requirements for Direct Sales of Poultry or Rabbits from the Farm
    Continuous inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is not required if you are producing and processing less than 20,000 birds for meat annually. No permit or fee is required by MDA, Maryland Department of Health or the local health department. For verification of exempt status, contact the USDA/FSIS Raleigh, North Carolina District Office at 1-800-662-7608.
  • Producer Mobile Farmer’s Market Unit License Guidelines
    Maryland Meat Producers may be issued a permit through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in order to safely transport and sell potentially hazardous food products at Maryland farmer’s market:
    1. Produced or stored on the farm by the licensee under an on-farm home processing plant license (e.g. USDA processed and on-farm stored meat and poultry);
    2. Produced or stored on the farm by the licensee, as authorized by the Department in regulation; or
    3. That have been inspected, licensed, or certified for food safety by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (e.g. MDA certified rabbit and poultry).
  • On-Farm Processor License for Meats
    Licensed on-farm producers can sell their USDA-slaughtered and processed meat products on the farm premises to individual customers, and/or transport their meats from their (on-farm) freezer storage for sale to restaurants, stores and other retail venues or farmers’ markets. NOTE: Further licensing is required for farmers’ market sales (see resource listed above).
  • Guidelines for Small Producers Selling Eggs
    All producers/packers of shell eggs must register with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) annually. The MDA Egg Inspection program is responsible for enforcement of the Maryland Egg Law enacted to provide Maryland consumers with wholesome, high quality eggs. The law also provides fair trading practices for the egg industry as all sellers of eggs must comply with the requirements (safe handling, storage, and proper packaging).

Soil Conservation Districts Fact Sheet

Soil Conservation Districts are an important partner for farmers. Download this fact sheet or see below for local district contact information.

Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District

Heritage Office Complex, 2662 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-571-6757
Website: aascd.org

Calvert County Soil Conservation District

489 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: Phone (410) 535-1521, ext. 3
Website: calvertsoil.org

Charles County Soil Conservation District

4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Phone: (301) 638-3028
Website: charlesscd.com

Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District

4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Phone: 301-574-5162 ext.3
Website: pgscd.org

St. Mary’s County Soil Conservation District

26737 Radio Station Way, Suite B, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8402 ext. 3
Website: stmarysscd.com

SMM Logo & Marketing Materials

SMM Poster

NOTE: Only those farms that have signed the SMM contract may use the logo on their products and advertising.

Southern Maryland Meats Logo

For Print:
Right-click on either link below and click “save link as" or "save target file as,” then save file to your computer. (These versions of the logo are larger files suitable for desktop or professional printing.)

SMM_LOGO_PRINT.PDF (preferred)

For the Web:
Right-click on the image below and click “save image as,” then upload for use on your website or social media. (This version of the logo is small and optomized for web use.) Please link the image on your website to https://www.southernmarylandmeats.com
SMM Logo

Southern Maryland Meats Signage

Official SMM members are invited to download and print this “SMM Available Here” sign to display at point of purchase. This prints at 8 in. x 10 in. and can be placed in a standard plastic bracket designed to display on a counter. (Can also be printed smaller or bigger).

To Download:
Right-click on the link below and click "save link as" or “save target file as,” then save file to your computer.

Commercial Livestock Handling Equipment

a Southern Maryland Meats cattle chute

SMADC owns some farmland equipment to be shared and rented for farmers across the Southern Maryland region through various county entities. Equipment includes: Freezer trailers, mobile poultry processing equipment, cattle chutes, scales, and more. Other equipment can be arranged through county agencies. Read the full list at the SMADC website.

To find out more and how you can use the scales and chutes, please contact:
Anne Arundel, Calvert and Prince George's: Shelley Garrett (410) 222-7410 or visit AAEDC Farm Rental Program.
Charles County and St. Mary's County: David Hancock (301) 752-8723 or email dhancock93@yahoo.com

mobile poultry processing equipment
Mobile Poultry Processing Unit

Anne Arundel County equipment rental program currently offers a mobile poultry processing unit funded in part through a grant from the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC). The unit is available for rental by producers in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties. All renters must complete the MD State Poultry and Rabbit Certification. For equipment and rental details visit the AAEDC Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Rental Program.

For complete specifications, towing guidelines and rental details visit the Farm Equipment Rentals page at SMADC.com.

Junior Membership Program

The Junior Program is open to youth ages 8 to 21 years, living and raising your animals in one of the five Southern Maryland counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s). Junior members must have an eligible livestock project for meat animals (beef, lamb, pork, poultry, rabbit, and goat/chevron).

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Join Southern Maryland Meats

Southern Maryland Meats is a popular branding program of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission’s (SMADC). It was developed in response to the high consumer demand for local, farm-raised meats.

In order to be a part of this brand, farms must be in one of the five Southern Maryland counties, agree to raise, slaughter and package their products according to strict SMM standards, and follow clear labeling procedures.

If you are a meat producer in one of the five Southern Maryland counties and are interested in participating in the Southern Maryland Meats program, click the button below for the SMM Meat Producer Application.

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